PAY UP! It’s road tax season in Japan!

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PAY UP! It’s road tax season in Japan!

by: Takahiro Takiguchi | .
Stripes Japan | .
published: April 08, 2018
It’s time to pay your annual road taxes, which are mandated by Japanese law and based on vehicle engine size.
 
All Status of Forces Agreement personnel are required to pay their road taxes in order to receive their 2018 base vehicle decals. Luckily, most of you can pay them at U.S. military installations across Japan, where Japanese tax officials will be setting up collection stations to process payments.
 
Payments must be made by May 31 (by April 27 at NAF Atsugi), either on base or at the local Japanese tax office. Remember that payments must be made in yen. If you own more than one vehicle, all of them must be registered at the same time. Vehicles without new decals will not be allowed to be driven on or after June 1).
 
The road tax for a regular 4-wheel vehicle, which is called ‘Automobile Tax’ in Japan, is levied by the metropolitan or prefectural government to those who own vehicles within the prefecture as of April 1. As for the tax for a mini-car and motorcycle, which is called ‘Light Motor Vehicle Tax’, the city or ward government collects them. Both of the road taxes were originally established for vehicle owners to bear a proportionate share of the cost in maintaining roads. So, regardless of nationality, it is mandatory for virtually anyone who owns a vehicle in Japan to pay the road tax.
 
Since some collection sites don’t have a currency exchange counter, be sure to prepare Japanese yen cash before you pay your tax on base.
 
Anyone can pay road taxes for deployed or absent vehicle owners, but a power of attorney may be required to obtain a base decal for anyone other than a spouse. Those unable to make the scheduled base collection times have until May 31 to pay the road tax off base at their local Japanese tax office, post office or select convenience stores, according to base officials.
 
Camp Zama
April 17-20, staggered based on last name, from 9 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Zama Community Club. For more information call DSN 263-4337.
 
Yokota Air Base
April 17-20 for regular 4-wheel vehicles. April 19 and 20 for mini-car and motorcycles. At the YUJO Community Center (Bldg. 327) from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. For more information call DSN 225-8333.
 
Naval Air Facility Atsugi
April 24, 25, 26 and 27 at Convention Center on the first floor from 9 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m. Motorcycle and mini-car road taxes will be collected April 24, from 9 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m. For more information call DSN 264-3805.
 
Yokosuka Naval Base
March 19, 20, 22, 23 and April 4, 5, 6, from 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 3:30 p.m. at Fleet Theater (Regular 4-wheel vehicles only). Mini-car and motorcycle taxes must be paid at Yokosuka City Hall from April 1 – May 31.  For more information call DSN 243-5011.
 
Misawa Air Base
April 16 – 20, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Mokuteki Community Center Ballroom (Bldg. 626) for all vehicles. April 16 drivers with last names starting with A-E; April 17, F-L; April 18, M-R; April 19, S-Z and April 20 for make-up. For more information call DSN 226-3995
 
Sasebo Naval Base
For more information, visit the CFAS Facebook page or call DSN 252-2378
 
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
April 10-13, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Landing Zone in Club Iwakuni.  For more information, call PMO Pass and Registration at 253-3161.
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